Utah Backs Off Ban on Partial-Birth Abortions

Utah Backs Off Ban on Partial-Birth Abortions

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- The Utah attorney general's office has agreed to not enforce a ban on partial-birth abortion until the new law can be tested in court.

The office agreed to lift enforcement knowing the Center for Reproductive Rights easily could get a temporary court injunction on its own blocking enforcement.

But Governor Olene Walker's office was riled Wednesday by a statement from the Center for Reproductive Rights incorrectly stating Walker had signed an order lifting the abortion ban.

That stipulation was made by a lawyer in the attorney general's office, and Walker was not involved in the decision.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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